Law and Media Round Up – 21 February 2011

21 02 2011

Wordle: UntitledIn this regular feature we draw attention to the last week’s law and media news and next week’s upcoming events. If readers have any news or events which they would like to draw attention to please add them by way of comments on this post.


The leading media and law story of the week is, again, phone hacking.  Three applications were heard this week – each producing new information.  First, there was the application by Steve Coogan and Andy Gray – heard over 3 days by Mr Justice Vos in the Chancery Division.  Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review: “Privacy Law Handbook”, edited by Keith Mathieson – Hugh Tomlinson QC

21 02 2011

In less than a decade privacy has moved from the outer limits of media law to its centre.  The privacy injunction has replaced the “gagging writ” as the media bogeyman threatening investigative journalism and proper reporting.  While the number of defamation actions continues to decline, privacy (and “phone hacking”) cases are on everyone’s lips. The new Law Society Privacy Law Handbook is the first book devoted exclusively to this area.  This is perhaps surprising.  Other authors may have been held back by the furious pace of development of the law – in my own case this has certainly been the excuse given to my publishers. Read the rest of this entry »